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Jeanne Fugate has a wide-ranging practice, focusing primarily on employment litigation, complex civil litigation, and securities litigation. She handles all phases of litigation in state and federal courts across various fields, including employment, contract, real estate, and general business disputes. Jeanne also advises clients regarding employment and compliance issues.

Prior to law school, Jeanne was a journalist focused on higher-education issues, and she served as the editor-in-chief of UNC-Chapel Hill’s daily newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.

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Credentials

J.D., New York University School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, summa cum laude

California

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Board Member and Dinner Committee Chair, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Board Member and President-Elect, California ChangeLawyers

President, Los Angeles Civil Service Commission

Recognized as Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal


2018, 2019

Recognized as Most Influential Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal


2017

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Recognized as Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal


2018, 2019

Recognized as Most Influential Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal


2017

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In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Obtained a $6.15 million jury verdict for a leading aircraft supply company after a three-week trial on trade secret misappropriation and other tort claims against a former employee and other competitors

Represented start-up technology company in lawsuit against component manufacturer alleging $200 million in damages; after serving as lead trial counsel in a two-week trial, obtained a favorable resolution on the eve of post-trial motion briefing

Represented health care company in founders’ dispute; after defeating plaintiff-founders’ TRO application and successfully moving the case into arbitration, the case resolved

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Obtained a $6.15 million jury verdict for a leading aircraft supply company after a three-week trial on trade secret misappropriation and other tort claims against a former employee and other competitors

Represented start-up technology company in lawsuit against component manufacturer alleging $200 million in damages; after serving as lead trial counsel in a two-week trial, obtained a favorable resolution on the eve of post-trial motion briefing

Represented health care company in founders’ dispute; after defeating plaintiff-founders’ TRO application and successfully moving the case into arbitration, the case resolved

Represented company in investigation of fatality at work and resolved OSHA investigation into the incident

Represented client in novel action brought under Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976); case resolved on eve of trial after favorable pretrial rulings

Represented former Countrywide president in multidistrict litigation arising from mortgage-backed securities. Obtained the dismissal, with prejudice, of a number of lawsuits at the motion-to-dismiss stage

Defended employment discrimination claims for an outdoor advertising company, resulting in settlements before any litigation was filed

Defended former employees against an internet affiliate company seeking to enforce noncompete agreement. Obtained a writ of supersedeas blocking enforcement of preliminary injunction, motivating settlement

In a corporate embezzlement case against a former employee, successfully recovered approximately $1 million for the client in less than one week

Obtained summary judgment in a trademark matter in the Middle District of Florida that was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit. The court agreed with Jeanne’s argument that the "Elimidate Ironman Challenge" did not infringe the Ironman Triathlon trademarks because the term "ironman" is commonly used to describe persons of unusual endurance and thus the plaintiffs’ marks were entitled only to limited protection

Successfully recovered nearly 100 percent of the losses suffered by 23 victims of a Ponzi scheme run through a brokerage firm. Since 2009, Jeanne has represented a group of 23 plaintiffs who were victims of a Ponzi scheme. In 2015, she obtained a favorable settlement from a national brokerage firm in the days before trial. Most recently, she sought and obtained default judgments of more than $3 million for our clients

Defeated summary judgment brought by the Associated Press in litigation relating to Shepard Fairey’s 2008 campaign poster of Barack Obama on behalf of Fairey's exclusive licensee, Obey Clothing, leading to successful resolution of the dispute

Obtained a directed verdict for a registered financial company after a five-day jury trial on a fraud claim arising out of an investment loss

Obtained the affirmance of a judgment after a ten-day bench trial for an outdoor advertising company, allowing the company to continue to operate a billboard and including an award of almost $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs

Handled a class action on behalf of investors who lost money in a complex Ponzi scheme, obtaining more than $17 million in settlements with two major financial institutions and an accounting firm that were alleged to have aided the operators of the financial scheme

Achieved a complete defense judgment on behalf of Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., which insured the film Hide and Seek in 2003, accused Mr. De Niro of intentionally withholding information about his cancer diagnosis during a cast medical examination. The case was dismissed in favor of Mr. De Niro

Secured the release of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who had been incarcerated after refusing to testify before the grand jury against other Jewish persons—a case that drew international attention. The rabbi cited the rule of mesira, which imposes on the ultra-Orthodox the religious obligation to refrain from testifying against other Jews. The government eventually agreed to the rabbi’s release seven months after he was incarcerated, a fraction of the maximum eighteen-month term

Won a complete dismissal of all charges in a groundbreaking and published decision against the client, who was charged in federal court with "harboring" her fugitive husband. The court ruled that federal prosecutors had arrested the client without probable cause to believe a crime had been committed. The client was released and all charges were dismissed seven days after the case was filed by the United States Attorney’s Office

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Matters

Obtained a $6.15 million jury verdict for a leading aircraft supply company after a three-week trial on trade secret misappropriation and other tort claims against a former employee and other competitors

Represented start-up technology company in lawsuit against component manufacturer alleging $200 million in damages; after serving as lead trial counsel in a two-week trial, obtained a favorable resolution on the eve of post-trial motion briefing

Represented health care company in founders’ dispute; after defeating plaintiff-founders’ TRO application and successfully moving the case into arbitration, the case resolved

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Matters

Obtained a $6.15 million jury verdict for a leading aircraft supply company after a three-week trial on trade secret misappropriation and other tort claims against a former employee and other competitors

Represented start-up technology company in lawsuit against component manufacturer alleging $200 million in damages; after serving as lead trial counsel in a two-week trial, obtained a favorable resolution on the eve of post-trial motion briefing

Represented health care company in founders’ dispute; after defeating plaintiff-founders’ TRO application and successfully moving the case into arbitration, the case resolved

Represented company in investigation of fatality at work and resolved OSHA investigation into the incident

Represented client in novel action brought under Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976); case resolved on eve of trial after favorable pretrial rulings

Represented former Countrywide president in multidistrict litigation arising from mortgage-backed securities. Obtained the dismissal, with prejudice, of a number of lawsuits at the motion-to-dismiss stage

Defended employment discrimination claims for an outdoor advertising company, resulting in settlements before any litigation was filed

Defended former employees against an internet affiliate company seeking to enforce noncompete agreement. Obtained a writ of supersedeas blocking enforcement of preliminary injunction, motivating settlement

In a corporate embezzlement case against a former employee, successfully recovered approximately $1 million for the client in less than one week

Obtained summary judgment in a trademark matter in the Middle District of Florida that was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit. The court agreed with Jeanne’s argument that the "Elimidate Ironman Challenge" did not infringe the Ironman Triathlon trademarks because the term "ironman" is commonly used to describe persons of unusual endurance and thus the plaintiffs’ marks were entitled only to limited protection

Successfully recovered nearly 100 percent of the losses suffered by 23 victims of a Ponzi scheme run through a brokerage firm. Since 2009, Jeanne has represented a group of 23 plaintiffs who were victims of a Ponzi scheme. In 2015, she obtained a favorable settlement from a national brokerage firm in the days before trial. Most recently, she sought and obtained default judgments of more than $3 million for our clients

Defeated summary judgment brought by the Associated Press in litigation relating to Shepard Fairey’s 2008 campaign poster of Barack Obama on behalf of Fairey's exclusive licensee, Obey Clothing, leading to successful resolution of the dispute

Obtained a directed verdict for a registered financial company after a five-day jury trial on a fraud claim arising out of an investment loss

Obtained the affirmance of a judgment after a ten-day bench trial for an outdoor advertising company, allowing the company to continue to operate a billboard and including an award of almost $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs

Handled a class action on behalf of investors who lost money in a complex Ponzi scheme, obtaining more than $17 million in settlements with two major financial institutions and an accounting firm that were alleged to have aided the operators of the financial scheme

Achieved a complete defense judgment on behalf of Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., which insured the film Hide and Seek in 2003, accused Mr. De Niro of intentionally withholding information about his cancer diagnosis during a cast medical examination. The case was dismissed in favor of Mr. De Niro

Secured the release of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who had been incarcerated after refusing to testify before the grand jury against other Jewish persons—a case that drew international attention. The rabbi cited the rule of mesira, which imposes on the ultra-Orthodox the religious obligation to refrain from testifying against other Jews. The government eventually agreed to the rabbi’s release seven months after he was incarcerated, a fraction of the maximum eighteen-month term

Won a complete dismissal of all charges in a groundbreaking and published decision against the client, who was charged in federal court with "harboring" her fugitive husband. The court ruled that federal prosecutors had arrested the client without probable cause to believe a crime had been committed. The client was released and all charges were dismissed seven days after the case was filed by the United States Attorney’s Office

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Credentials

J.D., New York University School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, summa cum laude

California

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Board Member and Dinner Committee Chair, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Board Member and President-Elect, California ChangeLawyers

President, Los Angeles Civil Service Commission

Recognized as Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal


2018, 2019

Recognized as Most Influential Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal


2017

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Recognition

Recognized as Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal


2018, 2019

Recognized as Most Influential Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Business Journal


2017